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Patriotic Squirrel at Cemetery Wraps Nest in Old Glory

Brazen critter snatches flag stapled to staff, carries it up a tree to the Nest

updated 11:38 a.m. PT, Sat., May 30, 2009

 

PORT HURON, Michigan – Squirrel. Thief. Patriot.Squirrel Flag Nest Photo

A brazen squirrel has been grabbing small American flags placed in a Port Huron, Mich., cemetery and carrying them up to its nest, which now looks as if it’s bedecked in bunting.

Every Memorial Day, volunteers place the flags next to the graves of nearly 1,000 veterans buried at Mount Hope Cemetery about 55 miles northeast of Detroit. The flags were undisturbed during a Mass held Monday.

The Times Herald newspaper reports that workers at the cemetery on Tuesday noticed several flags had been torn off their wooden staffs, which were still in the ground.

The mystery was solved in front of Superintendent Ron Ceglarek’s eyes. He watched a squirrel detach a flag stapled to a staff and carry it up a tree to the nest.

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May 31, 2009 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Just One More Pet, On The Lighter Side, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cat in China grows a pair of Wings

Feline was born normal but developed appendages at age 1, family says

winged_cat_ChinaIt’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … cat?

A kitty in Chongqing, China, is getting some extra-special attention these days: The furry feline has developed wings! Though born looking completely normal, once the cat hit the age of 1, he began growing wing-shaped appendages on either side of his spine, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reports.

While some think the bony limbs may be a mutation of some kind — or even a Siamese twin growing inside the cat — others speculate it’s a genetic change perhaps caused by chemicals ingested by the kitty’s mother while she was pregnant.

According to the cat’s owners, he doesn’t seem to mind his new wings — and he’s loving the attention he’s received because of them!

Strange as the case may sound, winged felines are not unheard of. Back in August 2008, the U.K. Telegraph reported that tomcats in China’s Sichuan province developed wing-like growths on their backs.

Veterinary experts said then that despite the hard inner core, the “wings” don’t harm cats’ quality of life or safety. According to the Telegraph’s report, scientists believe the appendages developed due to grooming habits, a genetic defect or a hereditary skin condition.

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May 31, 2009 Posted by | animals, Just One More Pet, On The Lighter Side, Pets, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments